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Travel Tips, Observations & Thoughts

Enjoy all sorts of our travel tips, ideas, suggestions and travel hacks we've picked up over the years.

  • Solo Travel: The Pros and Cons

    Posted by admin on February 26, 2017.

    By WSA Intern Emily Rose

    I’d like to think of myself as kind of a semi-pro at solo travel. In the two and a half months that I’ve been in Europe, I have traveled to nine countries and seven of those have been by myself. A lot of worried friends of my mom on Facebook have asked me why I … More »

    Tags: Solo Travel // Study Abroad // budget travel // WSA // WSA Europe // intern // intern blogs

  • Why I Left & Why You Should Too

    Posted by admin on February 26, 2017.

    By Taylor Brady, WSA Intern
    Book WSA trip for €10 off: use code TRAVEL10

    Studying abroad isn’t for everyone, but I always knew it was for me.

    I remember being ten years old, sitting on the edge of the ocean in Maine, and thinking about where the waves would take me if I let them. … More »

    Tags: Study Abroad // 2017 // intern // Ireland

  • Celebrating 21 in Budapest

    Posted by admin on February 16, 2017.

    By McKalee Mooney WSA intern

        Out of all the places I’ve traveled thus far during my semester abroad, Budapest captured my heart. It also just so happened to be the beautiful, historic city that I was able to spend my 21st birthday in. Talk about a cool birthday present, right?? Sure, I … More »

    Tags: Budapest // Study Abroad // wsa intern // budget travel // Caving

  • The Key to Happiness: Buy Experiences Not Things

    Posted by admin on February 16, 2017.

    by Ellie Jordan WSA Intern

    It took me a 3,500 mile flight, a four hour bus ride, a tumultuous boat ride, and a steep, uphill hike to the edge of a cliff on an island off the western coast of Ireland to understand what the purest form of happiness felt like.

    I had on a backpack containing my … More »

    Tags: Study Abroad // Travel // Ireland // happiness // intern // intern blogs

  • Affording your Study Abroad: Scholarships and Aid

    Posted by admin on November 30, 2016.

    By Gina AU, Intern, Cal Poly
    Study Abroad: London

    If you are one of the lucky students planning to studying abroad, you will realize that it is one of the most (if not the most) rewarding experiences you can have during college. Studying abroad is fun and exciting, but it comes with quite an … More »

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Pauline Blatt, University of Notre Dame

Happy Backpackers

I traveled to Prague with my friends on a weekend trip, and going there I knew absolutely nothing about the city. Signing up for WSA was the best decision ever, because not only did I learn so much about Prague but I also had SO much fun! Our tour guide Adi planned out the whole weekend for...

Pauline Blatt, University of Notre Dame ~ Notre Dame Global Gateway, Rome, Summer Break 2016

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